Huskies Sweep T-Birds in Quarter-Finals

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies secured their spot in the Canada West Final Four with a 75-68 win over the UBC Thunderbirds in Game 2 of a Canada West quarter-final series Saturday night at the PAC.

As the top seeded team in the conference, Saskatchewan will host the Final Four next Friday and Saturday at the PAC. The Huskies will face the Alberta Pandas in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. on Friday. The MacEwan Griffins and Regina Cougars will meet in the first semfinal at 5 p.m.

The Huskies win on Saturday did not come as comfortably as their 77-56 victory in Game 1. UBC shot the ball at a 47.5 percent clip on Saturday and held a five-point lead after the opening 10 minutes and hit halftime up by two at 35-33.

Saskatchewan looked to take the momentum back early in the third with a quick 6-0 spurt to take back the lead, but UBC battled right back. The teams traded points back and forth for the majority of the third period in a game that featured 16 lead changes.

In the fourth the T-Birds looked poised to pull off the upset with a five point lead and just 3:33 remaining on the clock. After Laura Dally's jumper came off the rim, guard Desarae Hogberg fought for the loose rebound and converted down low to cut the deficit to just three. On the very next possession Kelsey Truslrud intercepted a pass and took it the other way for a layup plus the foul, converting the and one to tie it up. Back-to-back baskets by Sabine Dukate and a pair of Hogberg free throws helped the Huskies close the game on a 12-0 run.

Dukate led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Kelsey Trulsrud and Dalyce Emmerson both recorded double-doubles for the second straight night. Trulsrud scored 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while Emmerson grabbed 11 boards to go along with her 15 points.

Adrienne Parkin notched another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kara Spotton scored another 17 points while hauling in eight rebounds for the T-Birds.